National Youth Violence Prevention Week in Baltimore

The week of March 23-27 was “National Youth Violence Prevention Week.”  The City of Baltimore decided to take part and host a number of events throughout the week to bring awareness to, and prevent youth violence.

One of the events included was the Baltimorphosis Changemaker Awards presented by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Leana Wen. The award recognized four adults and eight youth in Baltimore City who went above and beyond to reduce violence in their communities and schools.

Celebrate the Individual with the HCHC: Adaptive Sports Edition

One of the key principals of “The Ripken Way” is to celebrate the individual. When you work with kids, you quickly learn that each kid is different—each has their strengths and their weaknesses, and also their own way of playing and learning.  It’s up to you as a coach to reinforce their strengths and help them build skills and improve where they can.

Kickball 2.0

Looking for a new game to play with your kids? Try Kickball 2.0!

Kickball 2.0 is a hybrid mix between kickball and a relay race. It combines teamwork, communication and hustle to make a fun and fast paced game!

Materials Needed:

  • Baseball/Softball field, open grass field, or large gym
  • Set of throw down bases
  • Kickball
  • Dot cones

Set Up:

Spotlight – Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica

Check out how one of our partners in Santa Monica, CA is running their Badges for Baseball program. Athletic Director, Jesus Gonzalez, gives us the scoop:

About the BGC of Santa Monica:

Since 1944, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica has given kids and teens what they need to succeed in life in a safe and nurturing environment. The Club provides youngsters with the foundation to develop socially, succeed in school, stay physically active and prepare for positive futures.


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